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Midland County Works on Upcoming Budget, Sheriffs Ask For More Money

Midland County has begun the process of creating next year’s budget, and the Sheriff’s office has taken the opportunity to ask for additional funds.
Midland County has begun the process of creating next year’s budget, and the Sheriff’s office has taken the opportunity to ask for additional funds.

Sheriff Gary Painter with the Midland County Sheriff's Office says the growing population has caused backlog and delays in the county jail, which is why they have decided to ask for more money.

“The increase in the crime, the increase in the activity on the street, tremendous workload on our prisons, we have to find a way to relieve some of that,” Painter said.

To address the issue, Painter asked the commissioners court for a budget to hire 17 additional workers.

“It comes down to equipment, man power and money,” Painter said.

But they are not the only ones in need. Midland County Judge Mike Bradford says the commission has to evaluate the needs of almost 30 different departments, not just the sheriff’s office.

“It's a challenge every year because you have what they really need, what they want and a wish list and it’s up to the court to determine what's what,” Bradford said.

Each department submitted their petitions and now they will be evaluated by the commissioners and by an auditor.

The challenge, according to Bradford, is that the county cannot spend additional money outside of the budget.

“The difference in county budgeting and others is that you can't spend it no matter what comes up if you haven’t budgeted,” he said.

And despite the growing population in the county, Bradford said he has to work with all the departments who are looking for extra money.

“Government serves a function, you do what you do in government because you like doing it, you don't come here to get rich,” Bradford said.

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